The aim of this project is the conservation and preservation of the historic Tea Lane graveyard in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. Interred in this ancient site are the remains of Celbridge people down the ages, among them the notable Dongan, Grattan and Conolly families.

A five year plan has been made to restore the structures in this historic graveyard. We seek your kind help to fund this work. We greatly appreciate any donation given.

Location

Tea Lane is situated 500m west of the centre of Celbridge town (Oakleypark townland, Civil Parish of Kildrought), on a ridge (59.8m O.D.) overlooking the river Liffey (51.1m O.D.). The grid reference for the centre of the graveyard is 696779 733039.

Tea Lane is situated 500m west of the centre of Celbridge town (Oakleypark townland, Civil Parish of Kildrought), on a ridge (59.8m O.D.) overlooking the river Liffey (51.1m O.D.). The grid reference for the centre of the graveyard is 696779 733039.

Photos

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Group Tours

As part of our fundraising campaign, on Sunday, August 9th, 2015 a guided walk along the Grand Canal will take place. The 5km walk will start at Hazelhatch railway station in Celbridge at 3 p.m., with a registration fee of 5 Euro. The walk is not suitable for children under ten years. The route along the Canal is on the ancient Slí Mhór which crossed Ireland from Dublin Bay to Galway Bay. This path is associated with St Mochua Crónán and links Clondalkin’s Round Tower with Tea Lane. Details of this fundraiser will be posted on our Facebook page in August.

Community Resource

The Tea Lane Graveyard offers fascinating historical treasures. A link to our past.

Unique Artefacts

We have assembled many records for exploring and documenting the area

Dongan Family

Tea Lane is the burial ground of the Dongan family, former owners of Castletown, some of whom lost their lives at the battle of the Boyne in 1690. In 1995 a plaque in honour of Thomas Dongan of Castletown, who had served as Governor General of New York in the 1680s, was unveiled at Tea Lane graveyard by the then American Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy-Smith.

“Speaker” Conolly

William `Speaker` Conolly of Castletown was buried at Tea Lane in 1729. His funeral procession from Capel Street to Celbridge was said to be the finest funeral seen in Ireland for many a year. Conolly left large sums of money in his will to ensure his funeral would be marked on a grand scale. Mourners were given linen scarves to wear as a gesture of support to the Irish linen industry, which began a tradition that continued throughout the century.

Grattan Mausoleum

The Grattan family vault abuts the western wall of the graveyard and holds the remains of Henry Grattan the younger, his wife and five children. This Henry Grattan was the son of Henry Grattan, the famous politician and statesman, who campaigned for legislative freedom for the Irish parliament and which resulted in ‘Grattan’s Parliament’. The younger Henry Grattan was also an M.P. and worked with Daniel O Connell to repeal the Act of Union. He wrote the Life and Times of the Rt. Hon. Henry Grattan, (1839) a biography of his father.

Our committee is depending on your generosity to help fund this important restoration work. If you would like to become a benefactor, we would love to hear from you. All donations are greatly appreciated and go entirely to the project.


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